St Joseph’s R.C. High School

and Sports College

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

 

Most of our teaching groups in Key Stage 3 are mixed ability, though some subjects, notably Mathematics, English and Modern Foreign Languages may be taught in classes which are set according to the academic ability and performance of our learners. For other elements of the curriculum, however, setting is not considered to be necessary, and the school believes that a blend of the two approaches is the most effective way of providing a high quality academic and social education. Technology is taught in smaller mixed ability groups.

 

Year 7

On admission to St. Joseph’s, learners are placed into mixed ability form groups, using information from our associated primary schools and their suggestions and analysis of the academic abilities of our learners.

 

After the first few weeks they are placed into Mathematics groups based on achievement.

 

During the first year at St. Joseph’s all students study:

 

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education is delivered in tutorial time and in one off collapsed timetable days such as the Respect Days.

 

Year 8

All subjects, apart from Mathematics and English are taught in mixed ability Form Groups. Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish) will be taught in their English ability groups. Technology, Drama, Art, Music and ICT are taught in smaller mixed ability groups.

 

During the second year at St. Joseph’s all students study:

 

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education is delivered in tutorial time and in one off collapsed timetable such as the Respect Days.

 

Year 9

All subjects, apart from Mathematics and English are taught in mixed ability Form Groups. Science is taught in mixed groups within lose ability bandings, MFL is taught in the same groupings as English. Technology, Drama, Art, Music and ICT are taught in smaller mixed ability groups.

 

During the third year at St. Joseph’s all students study:

 

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Careers Information, Advice and Guidance and Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education are delivered in tutorial time and in one off collapsed timetable days such as the Respect Days.

 

During Year 9, students choose three subjects that they wish to study at Level 2 (GCSE). Compulsory subjects include English, Maths, Dual Award Science, Religious Studies and core Physical Education. Consultation between the Manager of Learning, Form Tutors, The Director of Standards, The Director of Student Services and liaison with parents ensures that the individual needs of each child are carefully considered. Following the consultation the following may apply -; some pupils may follow a tailored vocational programme; some pupils may undertake an extended work experience programme.

 

Key Stage 4

 

Year 10 and Year 11

In Key Stage 4 our pupils will follow courses in GCSE. These two-year courses comprise of Compulsory Core subjects and Option Choice subjects.

 

In Key Stage 4, English and Mathematics students are set according to ability, RE and Science are taught in mixed groups within two ability bands. Options subjects are taught in mixed groups.

 

Obviously GCSE provision at any given time depends on different factors, including government requirements, which are open to modification from time to time.

 

Our current arrangements are that all pupils will study a common core of:

Religious Education

Mathematics

English

English Literature (where appropriate for the student)

Science

Physical Education (non-examined compulsory non-GCSE course)

 

In addition to the core subjects, pupils can choose to study:

Currently, most learners take 3 option subjects. They follow these courses for both years. Depending on the timetable some subjects will have 3 lessons in Year 10 and 2 in Year11, others will have 2 lessons in Year 10 and 3 in Year11. Some pupils, where we feel it is appropriate and where timetable restrictions allow it, there will be a fourth stretch option with 2 lessons only in both Year 10 and 11.

 

Where a National Curriculum programme of study exists for a subject, all pupils will follow it. Careers Information, Advice and Guidance and Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise Education are delivered in tutorial time and in one off collapsed timetable days such as the Respect Days.

 

The vast majority of our learners successfully complete their GCSE course and results have been well above national averages over many years. Most of our learners go onto further education, studying A-Levels and Level 3 BTECs, many of them go to study at University, gaining high quality degrees. Some of our learners decide to enter the world of employment, training or apprentice at 16 but whatever route they choose, they have the support and encouragement from school to help them succeed.